Communicating with adolescents


A decision is reached about Kelsey’s management. Jennifer arranges for Kelsey to stay at the hospital hostel for a week during school break so that she can have an intensive daily initiation of treatment. She also speaks to the family therapist, Mr. Palentino, who agrees to try to work with Mrs. Cournoyer and Kelsey, if Kelsey is willing. Dr. Hofmeyer calls Dr. Burnside and they have a discussion about Dr. Burnside’s role in coordinating Kelsey’s care and following her progress. Dr. Hofmeyer suggests a monthly email or telephone call between them or when Dr. Burnside has concerns.

Dr. Burnside sees Kelsey and her mother shortly after she returns to Humphrey’s Harbour.

  • Dr. Burnside: Kelsey, you’ve had a week at the outpatient clinic. How did that go?

    Kelsey: Okay I guess.

    Beth: And she’s gained some weight.

    Dr. Burnside: Great. That’s a good beginning. Let’s review the plan so we all know what we’re doing. I had a long talk with Dr. Hofmeyer and he said that Kelsey will be coming in every week for a weigh-in and that both you and your mother have discussed meal plans?

    Beth: Yes.

    Dr. Burnside: Now we can always discuss things with the dietitian if you have any questions, and I believe you’ll be seeing Mr. Palantino together for family therapy, is that right?

    Beth: Yup.

    Dr. Burnside: Good.


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